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Gunmen Seriously Wound Somali Journalist in Mogadishu

Press Freedom in Somalia

Té / 22 October 2012

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is saddened by the attack of broadcast journalist in Mogadishu’s on Sunday evening at Hawo Tako neighborhood in Wadajir district on 21 October 2012 around 06:20 local time, the latest of string of attacks against the journalists and media workers in Somalia.

Two unknown gunmen armed with pistols opened fire at and seriously wounded Mohamed Mohamoud Tuuryare, Shabelle Radio’s website editor and program producer at Hawo Tako area of Wadajir district near his home around 6:20 Sunday evening, 21 October, 2012, near his. He was rushed immediately to Madina hospital, where he is receiving intensive medical treatment

Witnesses reported that the government soldiers in the area fired back the attackers, but no casualties have been reported and the assailants fled the area immediately

“We have just received saddening news that Mohamed Mohamoud Tuuryare was seriously wounded, but we don’t know how his condition could be.”

Abdimalik Yusuf Mohamed, Head of the Shabelle Media Network told NUSOJ, “He is currently receiving treatment in Madina Hospital, suffering three bullet wounds, one at the chest and two at the abdomen.”

No group claimed the responsibility of the attack

“We condemn this heinous attack against our colleague, Mohamed Mohamoud Tuuryare and pray for him with immediate recovery.” Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), “We call on thorough investigation in this targeted assassination and along other previous cases and urge the government to bring the killers and assassins to court.”

15 Journalists have been killed in Somalia and at least two dozen journalists have been wounded, making the profession more deadly.

More updates to come shortly

MOGADISHU, Somalia, October 22, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)

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